Arizona Basketball

What they’re saying about Deandre Ayton

Arizona freshman phenom center Deandre Ayton has earned Pac-12 Player of the Week and national player of the week honors this week — impressive but he is so talented, the accomplishments are becoming to be expected.

He is on track to become Arizona’s third first-team All-American under Sean Miller. Derrick Williams earned that distinction in 2011 and Nick Johnson in 2014.

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Ayton had 23 points, 19 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in the 84-78 win over No. 3 Arizona State last Saturday. The performance was Ayton’s fourth game of 20 or more points and 10 or more rebounds as well as the 10th double-double of the season.

He is in position to break the Arizona season record for double-doubles.

Arizona Double-Doubles (Pts/Rebs.)
1. Al Fleming (1973) — 12
Michael Wright (1999) — 12
3. Bob Elliott (1974) — 11
4. Deandre Ayton (2018) — 10
5. Aaron Gordon (2014) — 8
6. Frank Smith (1980) — 6
Channing Frye (2002) — 6
Lauri Markkanen (2017) — 6
9. Chase Budinger (2007) — 5
10. Derrick Williams (2010) — 4

Here are some reactions of Ayton’s performance so far including some from himself:

FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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